Costa Rican Businesses Prepare for the Chinese Market

Various economic sectors of Costa Rica are working to obtain preferential consideration in the Free Trade Agreement with China.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

As an example, Florida Ice & Farm, which is already exporting its Imperial beer to the Asian country free of tariffs, wants that this preference to be consolidated into the Free Trade Agreement. Other sectors that have already eyed their position on the matter are sugar, ethanol, pasta, leather, meat, and fruit juice.

In her article in, Gilda González Sandoval reports on the conversations between both countries that, "In the first round of negotiations, both parties agreed that access will have four categories: 0% of an immediate tariff, five years of tax deduction, and a 10 year period. In addition, a special category will exist for the most difficult to negotiate products. For them, time frames longer than 10 years, quotas, contingencies, and other possibilities would also be considered."

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